I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but is anyone else suffering Paleo Fatigue Syndrome? Over dosing on just hearing the term "paleo" these days?
I've spent some stretches hanging out over on Paleo Hacks, and I keep my eye on various blogs and such low carb, which, these days, seems to be all the rage paleo. My blog feed is even included at PaleoBuzz.com.
But, does anyone else find it strange when Mister Livin la Vida Low Carb himself now promotes "XX new blogs posts" with the word Paleo BEFORE low carb? (Not to mention some paleo speakers on the 2012 cruise are decidedly not low carb dogmatists!) I don't think Jimmy reviews his latest and greatest lists too well (hee hee, I made one I think sometime summer 2010 back when he only listed like 25 at a pop). It wouldn't surprise me if along with some blogs that haven't been updated in months you might just find a carbivore paleo or three. But I digress ...
In any case, over on PH, I just found out that the grandaddy of all Paleos, Loren Cordain, is out with a new book: The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young. How many ways can we repackage the same message? It's a conflicting message, but labeled the same in the end. We just had an updated Primal Blueprint, Nora Gedgaudas' book was republished in all its factually unsound glory, Robb Wolf's book is only about a year old, and so many many more diet and cookbooks, and whatnot.
I've gotta say, on the whole I like the folks who hang out over at PH. I'm not about to give up wearing makeup on special occasions (I've not been an everyday makeup girl for almost 20 years! Wow!!), showering with soap and donning a spritz of perfume here and there. I'm also going to eat whatevvah certain times of the year without guilt or remorse or the slightest worry about taking a millisecond or more off my lifespan. Mostly because I want to enjoy my time on this planet more than just occupy it longer, and also because a bunch of people in a "movement" can't even agree on whether or not certain foods are paleo.
I have news for all of these people, NONE of our modern foods are paleo. Even the wild strawberries that pop up places likely came from seeds from someone who grew them. Grass fed cattle is from the same stock as cattle that has been bred for various purposes for hundreds of years. "Wild" mushrooms are cultivate on farms folks. Unless they've cloned Elsadon, Grok's paleo pet cow, from scratched bone fragments I'm unaware of. Grok didn't have an elaborate press with which to separate coconut meat into fat and flour. Nor did he then mix those things with coconut milk, chicken eggs and stevia extract and honey to make cookies and cakes.
Really, I get the spirit of the Paleo template ... or I rather prefer the idea of the Ancestral template. I tend to think my genes have more in common with my neolithic ancestors than with some dude named Grok striking that Riverdance pose (Sanjeev's hilarious description of Grok!!) Personally I think the Paleo thing is a wonderful vehicle to get us back to eating REAL FOOD -- and getting the men folk excited about that to boot. So please, don't overstretch and oversaturate the market with this. It will backfire as all crazes eventually pass. Then you're left with the hangers-on and the "truthiness" of the message. If you don't have the latter, you'll just have some hangers-on. I would hate to see that. Although I do not embrace the full Paleo Monty, I think there's merit to the message, and even a catchiness too it. I'd hate to see that lost to an OD.